The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy welcomed dozens of people Saturday to tour 8 acres of open space known as the Rosemont Preserve, which they helped procure through donations.
Community members raised $97,500 in May to help buy the property on Rosemont Avenue for educational and recreational use.
“So many of you played an important role to make this happen,” the conservancy's executive director, John Howell, told people who attended Saturday's acquisition celebration for the preserve.
La Crescenta residents Desiree and Paul Rabinov pledged $15,000, while two other area residents, Henry Fliegel and Scarlett Hibner, donated a total of $26,000, according to the conservancy, an Altadena-based nonprofit land trust. Other residents and community groups also pledged funding to secure the property.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich secured $350,000 in county funding, a majority of the amount needed to buy the property.
“This is just a success of how communities can improve by working with each other and working with your local elected officials,” Antonovich said. “You planted a seed, and you are watching it grow today.”